I thought that the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue was going to be quite a hard challenge.
Until I thought of one photo that covered three out of the four, Old, New and Blue. All I needed was Borrowed and in the end the photo I picked for Borrowed also covered Blue and tied in with the first.
An adult Eurasian Blue Tit on a frost rimmed twig in the winter. Taken with a Borrowed 800mm lens and Nikon camera when I was toying with the idea of swapping my 600mm lens for an 800mm.
Old and New Eurasian Blue Tits in a specially constructed nestbox in Cheshire, England.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Taking A Break.
I don’t really take breaks, I almost always have a camera with me and my routine is pretty much the same as when I’m at home. I get up early for the sunrises, I’m scanning for birds and wildlife and watching for photo opportunities when out and about.
Which got me thinking about some of the sunrises I’ve seen this summer. We live in an area popular with tourists. It’s fairly common for me to get to one of my local sunrise locations to find people camping despite the parking areas being signposted no overnight camping.
Do you know the really sad part? I’m guessing that these people are camping there simply to save paying for a camp site. I don’t recall ever seeing any of them appear to watch the sunrise.
Here’s four sunrises from this summer. All taken from the dock at Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Seascapes and/or Lakeshore.
Having been living close to various lakes since settling in Canada in the late 1990s I had rather a lot of lakeshore options for this challenge.
So I decided to go with a selection of shots of the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. I lived a few blocks from the lakeshore for a few years in the 2000s which means that the photos are a mix of film and digital.
Storm clouds over Lake Huron at sunset. Chantry Island and its lighthouse is on the horizon. Taken from close to Dominion Lookout on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton.
Canada Geese and Canadian flag at sunrise from The Long Dock in Southampton. The flag is 50 x 25 feet and the flagpole is 135 feet high to celebrate the town’s 135 anniversary.
The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at sunrise. Taken from close to Dominion Lookout looking north.
A section of the shoreline at dawn. Looking north from The Long Dock.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Dreamy.
I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of some of my recent walks testing various lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera. One lens in particular produces images with swirly backgrounds and vignetting in the corners giving some photos a dreamlike quality.
The lens in question is a 25mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. I picked a shot of an Orange Day-Lily taken with the lens on my most recent test and edited the shot in a variety of ways using Snapseed.
A mildly edited version with increased saturation and the vignetting in the corners darkened a little.
A high key version with simulated film grain.
A low key version with a heavy vignette and a grungy look.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail.
I thought about some of the photos of details and it occurred to me that two of the first ones I considered were taken about 40 years apart but with the same lens.
So here’s a selection of shots from my Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 silvernose I purchased in 1976. It’s called a silvernose because it has a polished aluminium ring on the front of the lens. This means that it’s one of the early OM system lenses and that it could be single coated rather than multi coated like modern lenses.
Backlit hoarfrost on a branch taken on a field trip with the Nantwich Natural History Society in the 1990s.
Ivy leaves on a tree trunk given a selective colour treatment. Taken on a walk a few years ago with the lens adapted to a DSLR.
Candle, taken with the lens in the 1970s during a power outage.
Hosta leaves taken with the lens adapted to a mirrorless camera a few weeks ago.
Detail of traction engine wheel taken at a steam rally in the 1980s.
As this is the first anniversary of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge the subject has been left to the contributors this week with the prompt: Your Choice.
After having a few thoughts for the challenge I came up with the idea of photos taken during the blue or golden hour, one for each decade starting with the 1970s.
1970s. Moonrise through an Oak tree, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
1980s. Storm clouds and light beams over Loch Arkaig, Scotland close to sunset.
1990s. A frozen section of Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, Saskatchewan, Canada at sunset.
2000s. The range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River at dawn on the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
2010s. Two birds on Colpoy’s Bay, Ontario, Canada at sunrise.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Trees.
Hoarfrost covered trees at sunrise, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Silver Birch trees in snow on Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
Quaking Aspens reflected in a slough in the autumn, Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Trees in the snow, Hatherton, Cheshire, England.
Abstract trees on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.
Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England.
A hodgepodge of tree trunks on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.